by Paul Kurtz
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – At Overbrook High School, students and faculty gathered for an after school vigil today in memory of Bernard Scott, the popular sophomore who was shot and killed last week after gunfire erupted during a fistfight.
Emotions ran raw on the steps outside the West Philadelphia school.
“It don’t make no sense,” said 16-year-old Devyn Burkett.
He looked shattered as he tried to come to grips with the death of his best friend who had nothing to do with the fistfight that led to gunfire.
“We didn’t even get across the bridge,” said Burkett. “The last memory I had and the last thing I said to him…let’s go. Something is about to happen at the school. I go home and hear that somebody I call my brother got shot and killed. I’m tired of this. All this shooting. It’s got to stop.”
The vigil ended with organizers handing out balloons in the schools colors.
“So on behalf of Bernard, everyone, we release our balloons to this fallen angel,” said an organizer.